1970-1971 - SEASON
REGINA PATS RETURN TO THE
WESTERN CANADA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
WESTERN CANADA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
. Six Regina Business Men buy the Regina Pats Hockey Team .
The tier 1 teams (Major Junior Leagues) were once again playing for the Memorial Cup. Tier 2 (Junior A Leagues) were now playing for the new Centennial Cup. After a two year absence, Regina Pats return to major hockey with coach Bob Turner. Larry Wright returns to the Regina Pats after being one season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The League was now divided into two divisions, the east and west. Regina Pats finished fourth place in the Eastern Division. Regina Pats Left Winger, Rod Norrish was selected on the All-Star Team. Regina Pat Awards: Larry Wright, Most Valuable Player (Thomas W. Willis Trophy) and also Top Scorer (Thomas W. Willis – Wrist Watch); Nellie Green, Rookie of the Year (Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy) ....... (Photo: Larry Wright - Ron C. Johnston Collection)
On Sunday, February 7, Regina drew the largest attendance to see a Pats home game. A crowd of 6,828 saw the Pats edge Saskatoon Blades 5-4. Medicine Hat Tigers become the newest club to join the League and play in the new 5,000 seat arena Convention Centre. Both Pats goaltenders finished in the top ten rankings at the close of the schedule. Bernie Germain with a 3.46 goals against average, while Gary Brombley had a 3.71 average. The Hub Bishop Memorial trophy was presented that season for the first time to Regina Pats most sportmanlike player.
1970-1971 Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Gary Bromley, Bernie Germain Defense: Dwight Bialowas, Dave Smith, Stu Scalf, John Dobie, Doug Marit, Nellie Greene, Lindsay Pomrey Centre: Larry Wright (Captain), Scott Smith, Rich Urich, Eugene Sobchuk, Brad Anderson, Glen Ing, Harvey Schmidt Jr. Right Wing: Bob Gerrard, Ken Marit, Brian Yaworski, Rich Urich Left Wing: Rod Norrish, Al Barrett, Bill Bell, Dennis Kruse, Jack Most, Guy "Bear" DeMoissac, Harvey Schmidt Jr. N/K: Ron Winkler Coach: Bob Turner Owner/Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Chuck Walsh Statistican: Ron Johnston
SEMI-PLAY-OFFS - Friday, March 19, the Bombers had to go all out for a narrow 2-1 win over the Regina Pats at Witney Forum. Flin Flon's “Mister Everything” Chuck Arnason's second goal (a 40 foot wrist shot from the blue line) was the deciding goal. It came near the midway mark of the second period in the close fought game.
Sunday afternoon, March 21, Bombers raced to a 4-0 first period lead using their muscle and went on to an 8-1 victory over Regina Pats at Witney Forum. Chuck Arnason, Bombers' League scoring leader, led the high flying defending WCHL champions with three goals and an assist. Bombers led 7-0 after two periods of play. Gary Bromley, who was slated to start in net for Regina, suffered a 10 stich cut on top of his head during pre-game warm up. Sub goalie Bernie Germain took over the net chores for the Pats and faced 25 shots in the first period. Bromley replaced Germain at the start of the second period.
An eight day lay off (due to the annual horse show at Regina Exhibition Stadium) helped the injuries to heal for the Pats. Rookie defenceman Nellie Green's ankle and Dave Smith with a banged up knee were back in the line up for Regina.
Tuesday, March 30, Regina Pats squeeked out a 6-5 victory over the Flin Flon Bombers at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats raced into a 3-0 lead, only to fall behind 5-4 midway through the final period when Flin Flon scored 3 goals in the span of 5 minutes and 6 seconds. Rod Norrish was the driving force behind Regina's comeback scoring three goals, including the tying and winning markers. Chuck Arnason and Blaine Stoughton helped the Flin Flon cause with a pair of goals apiece. (Photo: Regina Leader Post Ad)
Friday, April 2, Bombers built a 4-0 first period lead and then held on to a Pats' comeback attempt, in posting a 5-3 victory at Regina. Dwight Bialowas was Pats top scorer with two goals while Blaine Stoughton also triggered two markers for the Bombers. In the second period, Pats Dwight Bialowas scored with a 50 foot slapshot at 9:20 followed by Eugene Sobchuk on a power play goal 4 minutes later. The visitors lead 4-2 going into the final period when Bialowas scored his second goal with one minute left. With Bromley pulled, Bialowas becomes the goat as he coughed up the puck to Stoughton deep in Regina's end zone and scored into the empty net.
Sunday afternoon, April 4, Regina continued to battle for their lives holding Flin Flon to a 3-3 draw at the Exhibition Stadium. The League decided to not play overtime during the playoffs. Rich Uhrich gave Regina a 1-0 lead with one minute left in the first period. Rod Loynachan tied the game seven minutes into the middle frame. Pats then scored two quick power play goals less then a minute apart at 13:35 before Ken Baird replied two minutes later. Dave Sharlow tied the contest after Regina's Gary Bromly kicked out 3 drives from point-blank range at 5:18 into the third period. Pats goalie Gary Bromley faced a total of 43 Flin Flon shots, 22 in the final period, as the Bombers did everything but wrap up the series. (Photo: Regina Pats Program - Ron C. Johnston Collection)
Tuesday, April 6, Flin Flon Bombers shut out Regina 6-0 at Witney Forum. Two quick goals in the span of 30 seconds around the four minute mark of the opening period was all the Bombers needed. It was Ken Baird unassisted at 3:40 that proved to be the winner. 29 seconds later Rod Loynachen contributed the insurance goal. Flin Flon went on to score two goals in each period. The Bombers could have had several more had it not been for the outstanding performance by netminder Gary Bromley. The goalie faced a continual barrage of 61 shots.
Flin Flon Bombers lost to the League Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. In the Memorial Cup the Oil Kings faced Guy Lafleur and the Quebec Remparts. The series was played at the Quebec City 10,240 seat Colisee. The Canadian Final had been shortened to best of three. Remparts won two straight.
Front Row: Dwight Bialowas, Bernie Germain, Del Wilson (Manager), Larry Wright (Captain), Bob Turner (Coach), Gary Bromley, Rod Norrish Second Row: Charlie Underhill, Ron Johnston (Statistican), Dennis Kruse, Bob Gerrard, Stu Scalf, Brian Yaworksi, Nellie Green, Ken Marit, Dave Smith, Eugene Sobchuk, Rich Urich, Ken Gislison (Stick Boy), Chuck Walsh (Trainer) Third Row: Doug Marit, Scott "Smitty" Smith, Al Barret, John Dobbie, Guy "Bear" DeMoissac ..... (Photo: Ron C. Johnston – Collection)